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☷ Vail Colorado - Worker Cited for Dumping Chemicals Down Storm Drain 22 June 2022
Vail , state Colorado ( By Press Release office)
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On June 16 , a concerned citizen reported that an individual was pouring fluid , later identified to be watered down engine coolant , from a container into a storm drain on Forest Road in Vail Village that leads into Gore Creek .
A Vail Police Department officer responded and discovered that the offender was working at a nearby construction site managed by Hollywood Services , LLC and admitted to dumping the contaminant into the drain .
Based on the observations from the witness and the admission of the offender , the worker was summonsed to Municipal Court for violating Vail Town Code Ordinance 5 - 1 - 4 ( depositing waste material ) . Depositing waste is a municipal misdemeanor defined as “The throwing , depositing , scattering by any person or the permitting by any person of the throwing or scattering of any waste or other material of any kind upon any sidewalk , street , alley , public passageway , public park , open area or upon any private property within the town shall be deemed a public nuisance . ”
The town hired a contractor to vacuum the fluid out of the storm drain to prevent the weekend rain from washing it into Gore Creek and will be seeking restitution from the employer .
The town’s Environmental Sustainability Department oversees the stewardship of the town’s unique mountain ecosystem and wildlife . Its designees are involved in the investigation and advising the Police Department to determine the environmental impact of the events that occurred .
The Vail Police Department believes in environmental protection and the practice of preserving and improving the town’s natural resources to reverse trends that negatively impact the surrounding Gold Medal Waters .
For additional information on Town of Vail Environmental Sustainability , visit
https://www . vailgov . com/government/departments/environmental - sustainability
. For additional information on the Town of Vail’s Gold Medal Waters , visit
https://discovervail . com/gold - medal - waters/
To report illegal dumping into storm drains , improper use of chemicals near waterways or other violations that could impact water quality , please call the Gore Creek spill hotline 970 - 476 - GORE ( 4673 ) during business hours . Or , at any time observers of illegal activity may call 911 .
To report to Vail Police Department non - urgent criminal activity online , visit
https://crimewatch . net/us/co/eagle/vail - pd/118587/report
or call dispatch non - emergency at 970 - 479 - 2201 where you will be transferred to an officer .
For additional information on the town’s existing strategies to protect Gore Creek , contact Peter Wadden , watershed education coordinator at 970 - 479 - 2144 or by email at
pwadden@vailgov . com
For additional information on code enforcement violations , contact Lead Code Enforcement Officer Miguel Jauregui at 970 - 479 - 2236 or by email at
mjauregui@vailgov . com
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